Situated in a sensitive location in Storrington, West Sussex the new build surgery replaces undersized and outdated premises. Providing 1400m² of clinical floor space the centre provides state of the art facilities including purpose built four treatment rooms and twenty consulting rooms.
Storrington is a village location, and careful consideration has been given to ensure that the new Medical Centre sits well within its surroundings. To reduce the bulk and impact of the proposals the building has been designed as a collection of smaller elements. This impression is further reinforced by the use of varied materials and finishes. Two colours of brickwork, dark timber cladding, and flint work were used.
References to the surrounding buildings have been incorporated including pitched roofs and double gable ends to each wing. Vertical recessed brick detailing and patterning echoes that found in older buildings in Storrington, albeit with a modern twist.
Internally the Doctor’s brief was for a light and airy interior with visual connections between various clinical and non-clinical areas. With this in mind, a naturally ventilated triple-height space was introduced linking the waiting areas, reception, and staff circulation areas. All corridors are afforded full height glazing at their ends to provide an outlook on the journey between waiting areas and consulting rooms. A bright colour palette has been applied throughout to give a positive feel for visitors and staff alike.
The building achieves BREEAM Excellent scoring highly in the energy efficiency and health and wellbeing categories. The building achieved the LABC South-East Building Excellence award and was complimented as a modern, highly sustainable and fit for purpose facility which respects its context.
Photo Credit: Richard Chivers
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